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Crossing derby divide doesn't scare Craigen.

Byline: ANTHONY HAGGERTY

DUNFERMLINE V MORTON

JAMES CRAIGEN knows he's in for plenty of stick after swapping Falkirk for bitter rivals Dunfermline - but hopes to provide the perfect answer on the pitch.

The midfielder has ended up at East End Park via the Pars' two biggest enemies, having joined the Bairns from Raith in 2016.

But the 26-year-old didn't hesitate when the chance came to switch to Dunfermline and he can't wait to get started in today's tie with Morton.

Craigen, who negotiated his release from Falkirk this week, said: "I'm a professional footballer and in many respects it's a job like any other.

"I had a great year at Raith and enjoyed my 18 months at Falkirk.

"I don't have a bad word to say about them so from my point of view there's no hard feelings. I would imagine I'll get a bit of stick from both sets of fans, that's just what it's like.

"It's nice to get sorted out with a new club quickly so I'm delighted to join Dunfermline. We faced them a couple of weeks ago with Falkirk and they play some nice football under Allan Johnston.

"He wants me to stamp my authority on games and believes in my ability. It's great I'm not cup-tied and can get involved straight away."

Morton's Gary Oliver doesn't have to look far for inspiration ahead of the Pars clash, having reached the League Cup semis last season.

The striker said: "We spoke about that League Cup run this week in training.

"Playing against Aberdeen at Hampden in the semi-final was the biggest game in most of our careers.

"We're determined to try to replicate that experience in the Scottish Cup.

"It was massive thing for Morton to get to the semi-final and we would love to do it all again. It does whet your appetite for more.

"Players from our league want to test ourselves against top-flight sides but we can only do that by beating Dunfermline and earning a crack at a bigger tie."

TEAM NEWS

DUNFERMLINE boss Allan Johnston is without keeper Sean Murdoch and striker Aaron Splaine through injury.

But new signing James Craigen is set to make his debut after signing from Falkirk.

Morton include new goalie Sean Brennan in their squad while winger Frank Ross has been added on loan from Aberdeen.

Star striker Jai Quitongo is available again after a knee injury but keeper Jamie McGowan, defender Lee Kilday and midfielder Ross Forbes are out injured for the Cappielow men.

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